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Request for Information
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a
Request For Information (RFI) on reducing industrial energy intensity.
Section 106 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) seeks reduction of
industrial energy use by 25% by 2017 and authorizes the Secretary of
Energy to enter into voluntary agreements with industry with the goal
reducing energy intensity by not less than 2.5% each year during the
period of calendar years 2007 through 2016.
The DOE is seeking
information from industry and industry associations regarding the most
beneficial and efficient way to reduce industrial energy intensity in
order to implement this goal. The information received will be used by
DOE for internal planning and decision making purposes. The RFI can be
accessed online at the DOE's Web
site. Comments in response to this RFI should be submitted in
Microsoft Word or PDF to ITP@go.doe.gov by 8 p.m. EST on Sept.
AEMC offers a broad range of
Megohmmeters measuring up to 10T ohms with test voltages from 50V
5,000V. Hand crank, battery, and line-powered models are available.
Analog, digital, and graphical display show measurement results (model
dependent). DAR, PI, and dielectric discharge ratios are automatically
A comprehensive software program that allows for system configuration,
data storage, real-time testing, and report print out is included free
on some models.
Joins Energy Star
Greensburg, Pa.-based Allegheny Power, the electric
delivery business of Allegheny Energy Inc., recently partnered with
ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary
program that offers consumers a strategy to control energy usage, save
money, and protect the environment. Allegheny is joining a nationwide
effort to eliminate energy waste by promoting energy-efficient
appliances, building techniques, and home improvements, along with
energy management strategies for homes and businesses.
a new partnership with ENERGY STAR and continue our long-standing
partnership with our customers to help them conserve energy," says
E. Flitman, president of Allegheny Power. "It's a simple concept: a
kilowatt of energy conserved is a kilowatt that is not paid for; a
kilowatt with no environmental footprint; and a kilowatt that can help
maintain a reliable supply."
Allegheny Power is developing several new programs for customers that
will help drive efficiency and conservation to new levels:
- Making energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs available
to customers through partnerships with retailers, distributors, or as
part of energy-efficiency kits.
- Helping customers conduct home energy audits.
- Conducting workshops for business customers to encourage
participation in utility demand reduction programs.
- Launching an automated metering pilot program to help customers
better understand and manage their energy usage.
- Partnering with the Department of Energy in an initiative in
Morgantown, W.Va. to upgrade utility infrastructure to accommodate the
next generation of demand-side management technology.
- Offering customers the option to purchase electricity from
sources through a 'green' tariff.
- Educating students about energy conservation and how to reduce
energy usage at home. Allegheny Power will offer free educational
materials for school students across its service territory this
Offers Free Answers
Silver Spring, Md.-based National Lighting Bureau is
answering light questions for free through its online Information Desk.
Visitors to the nonprofit organization's site may ask questions of its
network of lighting experts by submitting their name, the name of the
organization they represent, their e-mail address, a daytime telephone
number, and the application for the information. To submit your own
question, visit NLB's Web site.
in Plan for Rebuilding New Orleans
New Orleans recently received a $200,000 grant from the
Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Initiative America, which will
provide a total $2.5 million to select cities to study solar projects
with the aim of making the technology more affordable to homeowners and
businesses in those cities. The DOE program is based on a 50% match
the New Orleans Office of Recovery Management for a total $400,000 to
include solar energy in rebuilding plans. In the first step of the
study, planners will determine how city building, permitting, and
codes address use of solar panels. Recovery officials will also study
how to use solar panels on a smaller scale in municipal buildings,
schools, police and fire stations, and hospitals.
Hardhat, Tool Belt,
You rely on a lot of things to get the job done. And now,
you can add NES Rentals to that list. From scissor lifts to articulated
booms, we've got the reliable aerial equipment you need. Call
800-NES-RENT or visit our site to learn more. www.NESRentals.com
Maintenance Contract Available in Stamford, Conn.
The City of Stamford, Conn., is in need of services for
street light maintenance and administration. Proposals are due Aug. 22
at 4 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the city's Web
County Seeks Engineering Services
Chesterfield County, Chesterfield, Va., requests
proposals for professional engineering services relative to electrical
grounding systems. The engineer will be responsible for performing all
professional electrical engineering services relative to electrical
grounding rehabilitation at all radio tower sites and other County
facilities as needed, on a per project basis for one year. Submittals
will be received until 5 p.m. EST
on Sept. 4.
currently maintains nine tower sites throughout its 446 square miles
one tower site in the adjacent City of Colonial Heights that range in
height up to 475 feet. Over the past six years, the County has
encountered damage to its equipment at several sites resulting largely
from lightning strikes and improperly designed/installed grounding
systems. Other damage has been the result of contractor licensees
equipment to the tower that are on separate grounding systems that have
not been properly integrated with existing grounding systems. To
facilitate its needs, the County desires to establish a contract with a
single professional engineering firm to whom individual projects can be
assigned on an as needed basis. To download a pdf of the official
request for proposals,
visit the county's Web
New Flip Clip
from Cooper B-Line
The fastest, most-inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire
tray, saving installers time and money. The Flip Clip
can be used with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch threaded rods, eliminating the
need for multiple hanger sizes. The Flip Clip requires only one nut and
one tool for installation. www.cooperbline.com/flipclip
Seattle based Dexter + Chaney, developer of
Spectrum™ construction software, recently broke ground
on a second office building to accommodate the company's growing work
force. The new three-story, 12,000-square-foot office will be adjacent
to the company's existing office building, which it purchased
in 1999. Employees will occupy both buildings when the new one is
completed in April 2008. Together, the two buildings on the 2.3-acre
campus will provide more than 24,000 square feet of office space for
For more business briefs, visit EC&M's Web site.
ClearTrax Lay-In Connectors
ILSCO has introduced ClearTrax® lay-in connectors.
ClearTrax range-taking connectors feature easy lay-in installation of
aluminum or copper conductors and accommodate a wire range of 1000kcmil
- 6. Benefits are a faster and safer connection resulting from reduced
cable manipulation during installation. Fabricated from 6061-T6
alloy to ensure strength and conductivity, ClearTrax is clear plated
low contact resistance. The compact body is designed as a single piece
and is engineered for heat dissipation. www.ilsco.com
Eye on Safety
Construction and Demolition Standards Package
The American Society of Safety Engineers, Des Plaines,
Ill., recently released a construction and demolition standards package
that includes an update of the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI)/ASSE A10.4 standard on personnel hoists and employee elevators.
The newly revised "Safety Requirements for Personnel Hoists and
Elevators on Construction and Demolition Sites" addresses new
as well as practices that have been in use for the last 40 years. The
ASSE serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards
Committee on construction and demolition operations. The A10 standards
serve as a guide to contractors, labor, and equipment manufacturers in
the construction and demolition industry. To view the complete
package, visit ASSE's Web site.
- The design, construction,
installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alterations,
and repair of hoists and elevators that are not a vital part of
- Hoists and elevators that are installed inside
or outside buildings or structures during construction, alteration,
demolition, or operations.
- Hoists and elevators that are
used to raise and lower workers and other personnel connected with or
related to the structure.
Shows and Events
in Commercial Environments
This free live conference will be presented by John
DeDad, EC&M magazine, on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. Eastern and Pacific
times, in the EC&M e-Tradeshow. To gain access to the event,
visit the EC&M Web site, sign in or
register as an attendee, and follow the signs to the presentation room.
And be sure to take a look at the On-Demand Theater, where you can view
past online conferences 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a
IEEE 2007 PCIC
New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers Inc (IEEE) will present the 54th annual Technical Conference
of the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) from Sept.
in Calgary, Alberta. General technical sessions at the event will
include topics such as high-resistance grounding, vertical motor
systems, revisions to NEMA MG-1, and CT saturation calculations. For
more information and to register, visit IEEE's Web
The 2007 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS)
Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 23-27 in New Orleans. The event will
a full program of tutorials, technical papers, and working group
meetings that will cover applications-related topics such as lighting,
power systems, mining, metals, appliances, electrostatics, automation
control, electrical drives, power converters, and electric
There will also be be workshops for people interested in
serving as society volunteers in areas such as chapters and awards. In
addition, committee meetings devoted to developing and updating the
Color Book Standards, which provide information about electrical power
production, distribution, and utilization in industrial and commercial
power systems will be held during the conference. For more information,
visit the IEEE Web
Where do you turn when you need accurate information on
changes to the National Electrical Code? Acknowledged as the leaders in
providing information on the NEC, EC&M magazine and EC&M
Seminars have been the preferred sources of this information for more
than 60 years. Seven Code change conferences have been scheduled in the
fall of 2007. Host cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Orlando,
Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle.
As an approved provider with the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), through its Registered Continuing
Education provider Program (RCEPP), professional engineers attending
of our 2008 Code change conferences will receive Professional
Development Hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing in many
The conferences are also approved by every state that has a continuing
education requirement for contractors and electricians.
For additional information on the dates and locations of these
events, download a pdf of the schedule from the EC&M Web site.
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